The best time of day to get the most out of your workout

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Once you factor in washing your hair, finding a clean sports bra and you know, actually sweating, squeezing a workout into your already packed schedule is only half the battle when it comes to keeping fit.

So when you’re wrangling your iCal, should you aim to hit the gym in the morning or at night? Well, the good news is there is no “best” time. Even though science has found some small differences between the calorie-burning and strength-building effects between AM and PM workouts, neither is necessarily better. The best time is whenever you can.

“The key to getting the most from your work out is to listen to what your body is telling you. Many people make decisions about when to train based on the ‘science’ being circadian rhythms, hormone levels and the body’s temperature. But your preference ofwhen to train is equally important if you want to get the most from your workout,” explains Michael Cunico, PT and Fitness First’s National Head of Fitness. So let’s weigh it up, shall we?

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